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I Remember Running: The Year I Got Everything I Ever Wanted - and ALS

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A little over a year ago, Darcy Wakefield was a single, 33-year-old, athletic, workaholic English professor, a vegetarian who had never had a serious health problem or injury. Then she was diagnosed with ALS, and her world turned upside down. I Remember Running is Darcy's story of change and loss and challenges during her first year with ALS, as she struggles to make sense of her diagnosis and redefine herself in the face of this terminal illness. With unflagging courage, wit, and eloquence, Darcy shares what she...

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Overview

A little over a year ago, Darcy Wakefield was a single, 33-year-old, athletic, workaholic English professor, a vegetarian who had never had a serious health problem or injury. Then she was diagnosed with ALS, and her world turned upside down. I Remember Running is Darcy's story of change and loss and challenges during her first year with ALS, as she struggles to make sense of her diagnosis and redefine herself in the face of this terminal illness. With unflagging courage, wit, and eloquence, Darcy shares what she calls her "fast-forward" life, a life in which she applies for disability, leaves her job, and plans her own funeral as well as meets and moves in with her true love, buys a house, and gives birth to her first child in less time than it takes most of us to accomplish even one of these things. Beautifully written and wholly inspiring, I Remember Running proves that it is possible to live a rich, meaningful life after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. This book will move readers to see the world in a different light.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569242797
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 639,722
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Darcy Wakefield, formerly an English professor at Southern Maine Community College, recieved an MFA in writing from Emerson College as well as an MA in American Studies from SUNY/Buffalo and a BA from Smith. Diagnosed with ALS in 2003, Wakefield lived with her true love, Dr. Steve Stout, and their baby Sam, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, until her passing in December 2005.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Heartwarming and awe inspiring

    I found this book to be very inspiring and it renewed my belief in the strength of the human spirit. Darcy could have given in at her diagnosis and pushed Steve away but she embraced the blessings sent her way and a lived an amazing two years. I can only hope to live my life with as much dignity when I face adversity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2010

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    Wish I had known her...

    I cannot get this story out of my head. Truthful and soulful writing from a courageous and loving woman who realizes that despite her diagnosis, how incredibly fortunate she is to have found real love and to have experienced motherhood. I will think of her often and hope to find/listen to her interviews. Peace and blessings to her family, son and partner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    Sad, but inspiring read!

    ¿I feel the most affinity with the elderly, who know what it feels like when your body betrays you so suddenly, what it feels like when your own death isn¿t an abstract concept.¿ These are the words of Darcy Wakefield, who was diagnosed with ALS, a commonly fatal neuromuscular disease, at age thirty-three. She is the author of I Remember Running, and she wrote it one year from her death at age thirty-five. In October 2003, Darcy was diagnosed with motor neuron syndrome, more commonly known as ALS. Over time, her muscles became weaker and weaker until they eventually stop functioning. This book includes her moments of helplessness, courage, and creativeness, as she stayed optimistic through her life following the diagnosis. One example of her optimism from the book is ¿I¿m learning, though, that with a little ingenuity, I can still do many of these tasks.¿ Over time, she learns that there is nothing she can do to change her current situation and she becomes familiar with the feeling of accepting that idea. She accomplished many things even after discovering that her lifespan had quickly shortened, such as buying as house and having a son all in the time that she was aware of her coming death. Being a true Mainer, Darcy lived in Cape Elizabeth, Maine very close to where I live, so I noticed many connections as I read about her everyday travels throughout the Maine area. I think that this book is inspiring in that there were many aspects of life that she learns to no longer take for granted. I would call this a story of courage, spirit and fate as Darcy tells about her many thoughts and changes from her new disease. I would recommend this book to anyone who finds importance in everyday life and to anyone who would like to be inspired.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2005

    Inspirational and soul searching...

    ¿I Remember Running¿ is the first memoir by Darcy Wakefield about learning to live with a terminal disease, from the diagnosis through the first year. It is a story of undying optimism, hope and humor. As Darcy points out about living ¿no one makes it out alive¿. For those English Professors out there (Darcy) please forgive this engineers inability to string together the words and thoughts with correct grammar, punctuation and prose. But, I have to say this book does not make me feel sorry for Darcy and her ALS (aka. ¿The Darcy Wakefield Disease¿) but makes me want to celebrate how she is living with a disease that many give up hope with. Yes, she does the things she needs to do (that the rest of us put off way to easily) such as will writing, funeral planning, making the hard decision not to marry so as not to financially cripple the man she loves (among other things). But, at the same time she finds the time to write this amazing book, appreciate the small things in life and become a homeowner. I laughed out load, I cried and I spent a lot of time reflecting on my own life. I look at what I did during the same year that Darcy was diagnosed, fell in love and had a child and with my healthy legs and muscles I can¿t even compete. Coincidentally I live in the same town where Darcy grew up, though I never met her. I had to laugh hysterically when she mentions the Christmas Transfer Station notice hanging on the fridge, as we too had one. I hope, as will the thousands of others that read Darcy¿s book that someway, somehow there will be time and energies for the next chapter. Though, I would never dream of asking her to take time away from Sam and her mothering! I cannot recommend this book enough. Take the time to read something meaningful this fall. If you only have time for one book PICK THIS ONE!

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